Architecture and interior design ASSISTED LIVING Sunrise of Bellevue, Bellevue, Washington.
Interior Design: Martha Child Interiors, Sterling, Virginia
Number of units: 70
Total project cost: $5.9 million
Total square footage: 54,290
Cost per square foot: $95 [*]
Average age of residents: 83
Single room size: 380 sq. ft.
Percentage private-pay residents: 100
Care provided: assisted living, dementia
The challenge: Modifying the owner's familiar "farmhouse Victorian" model to Suit a tight site and regionally appropriate design.
Why it works: This facility represents a new interior package for Sunrise. The interior has a regional flair, from the carpet to the chandeliers. It's casual and extremely warm. In some homes, people are afraid to touch the furniture; our goal was to create a less formal environment that residents would enjoy. The site also adds to the projects' success, We squeezed 54,000 square feet on less than a half an acre by building up. The site is also within walking distance of a community center and shopping, which opens up many activities to residents.
--Joseph Mikalajunas, former executive director
BP: This is a very handsome new skin, which covers the standard Sunrise prototype plan. It is a much more mature piece of architecture than the original Victorian and has some wonderful outdoor spaces. The quality of the exterior carries into the interior.
AW: What's unusual for assisted living is the interior design treatment of the dining room, especially the use of wooden tabletops and Stickley-style chairs. In addition, the scale of both the living room and library is truly residential. Residents and their family members will enjoy these spaces.
LH: The common spaces here are designed to draw seniors from their units into a lifestyle and facilitate participation. I was impressed by the lighting in this project and by spatial configurations that provide views of other activities from each common area.
(*.) Excluding land acquisition costs but including costs for preparing the land for construction.
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|Publication:||Contemporary Long Term Care|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Aug 1, 1999|
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